Visited for the first time recently with two other couples and for as much hype as 51 Lincoln has gotten - as well as how difficult it seems to be to get a reservation - I really expected better atmosphere, friendlier service and better food. The atmosphere in the front of the main dining room was terrible. We were seated in one of the 6-person booths in the front of the restaurant and I highly advise against it. The lighting was way too bright and the metal venetian blinds made it feel like I was in a bad 80's diner, not an upscale neighborhood hot spot. Service was spotty - very slow and not personable and took forever to bring the check.
As for the food, the specialty drinks were unremarkable, the "Chef's Famous Bolognese," was closer to good than very good and the special dessert that night, an apple tart, was very poor.
In all, I think 51 Lincoln is too expensive and too subpar an experience to make it worth trying again. Try The Biltmore, The Cottage or Capital Grille as they are cozier, friendlier and better values.
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